IN-HOUSE fighting among Patriotic Front members in North-Western Province has worked against the ruling party since 2011, says PF chairperson for elections Musonda Mpakata.
He has urged PF members in North-Western Province to embrace each other and remain united as 2016 draws near.
Mr Mpakata said this in Solwezi when he addressed PF members where he also officially announced the dissolution of the Fabian Chiposo-led provincial executive committee.
He said all well-meaning party members should unite and grow the ruling party in the province.
“We have wasted time fighting each other since 2011. It’s not healthy for the party. Let’s build and grow the party together,” Mr Mpakata said.
He said President Edgar Lungu was an all-embracing leader who had been preaching unity and wanted the party members to embrace each other.
Mr Mpakata explained that if the party was to win the 2016 general elections, PF members should continue recruiting new members.
“Winning an election is all about numbers and if we are not going to recruit more members, it will cost the party next year,” he said.
And Mr Mpakata has officially dissolved the provincial executive committee and called on party members to recommend names that will be constituted in the interim committee.
He said he was disappointed with the dissolved provincial executive committee for making disparaging media statements against a presidential directive to have them dissolved.
“We dissolved other provincial executive committees and they never made any noise, so why make noise after being dissolved? Let me now take this opportunity to officially announce to party members present in this place that the provincial executive committee is dissolved,” Mr Mpakata said.
He said the provincial committee was the source of all the confusion the party was faced with in the province.
Mr Mpakata noted that elections of the lower organs started eight months ago but nothing had been done by the provincial committee in North-Western Province.
He called for integration between new and old members during the elections of lower organs.
Meanwhile, Mr Mpakata has announced that next year’s PF general conference will not elect the party president because president Edgar Lungu had a five-year mandate.
“So if you want to challenge President Edgar Lungu at the conference, wait for 2019. He is our party president and sole presidential candidate for the 2016 general election,” he said.
And Mr Mpakata has directed the district executive committee to conduct elections in all the three constituencies.
He said every member of the party who wanted to be a leader needed to be subjected to an election and called on party members to stop using regional politics to fight for leadership.
And Mr Mpakata has called on PF members to stop the tendency of collecting money from well-wishers for personal use noting that the tendency would earn the party a bad a name.
Mr Mpakata said the party would not hesitate to expel whoever would be found wanting.
He said PF was a rebranded party and every member should be committed and respect every decision made by the party leadership.